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New Opportunities for Assistant Band Director

Julia, Reporter

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Mr. Joshua Urich, the assistant band director, is going to be switching schools next school year. He will be becoming the head band director at Charleston middle school in Charleston, Arkansas. Ms. Gabby Chandler, a oboe player, will be taking the position in the fall.

The Ranger interviewed him to get his opinion on how he felt about it all. When asked what he would be missing the most about Darby, he replied “The kids, there are so many great varieties in personality.” Later on, he added what he will be looking forward to the most, “the position is similar to the position I came from Ohio. I look forward to going back to a small school environment.” Although he will be missing the students, he will be able to come see the members in the Darby band during marching and concert contests.

“I’m sad to see him leave but I’m excited for the  opportunities he’ll have.” Ms. Angela Clark, the head band director, stated. She has been working with him for a total of two years. She has quite a few memories and stories about him, however; one that she remembers especially is when he earned a sweep stake award for the first eighth grade band because they earned all superior ratings in marching and concert contests.

Yet another Mr. Urich story comes from Deauna Merriweather, a eighth grade clarinet player. “I was in the office and he was there. I asked him for a new reed and he said “I don’t have one on me right now.” I said “Oh, I though you did.” We just started laughing.” This ties into what everyone seems to answer with when asked what they will miss most about him, his great sense of humor. Something that she has learned from him is that “disrespect leads to bad consequences.”

A lot of people seem sad to see Mr. Urich leave, yet happy for the chances he will have at the new school. Darby wishes him the best of luck for when he leaves to go to Charleston! Darby also hopes that Ms. Chandler enjoys her first year at Darby!

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